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THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S

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FILM FORUM EXCLUSIVE: 3 ALASTAIR SIMS COMEDIES

THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S
SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS
LAUGHTER IN PARADISE

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Director Frank Launder
Cast Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley
Screenplay Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Val Valentine
Cinematography Stanley Pavey
1954 | United Kingdom | Approx. 90 min. | English

(1954, Frank Launder) The schoolgirls at the extremely free-spirited St. Trinian's School are more interested in smoking and betting on the horses than their studies, in raucous comedy inspired by the cartoons of Ronald Searle, with Sim in a dual role as the Victorian-looking, but forward-thinking, headmistress and her racetrack tout brother. Producers Launder & Gilliat were the screenwriters of Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. With George Cole (who had played Sim as a young man in A Christmas Carol), Joyce Grenfell, and Hermione Baddely.

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“Possibly the boldest, broadest, burlesque feature ever seen.”
– David Robinson, Sight & Sound

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